The Equality Act 2010. What the new Act means for you. Contents. 1. Purpose of the Act 2. What does this mean for society? 3. Overview of sectors covered by the Act 4. Protected Characteristics 5. Prohibited Conduct. 6. Other Key provisions 7. Timescales
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What the new Act means for you
1. Purpose of the Act
2. What does this mean for
3. Overview of sectors covered by
4. Protected Characteristics
5. Prohibited Conduct
6. Other Key provisions
8. Codes and Guidance
9. Further information
Strengthening, harmonising and streamlining 40 years of equalities
Strengthening: improving the effectiveness of equality legislation
Harmonising: providing the same levels of protection from discrimination across all the protected characteristics and all sectors, where appropriate
Streamlining: simplifying and consolidating approximately 116 pieces of separate equality legislation
7. Religion and belief
9. Sexual orientation
Extending the equality duty to require the public sector to take into account the needs of all protected groups (except marital and civil partnership status).
2. Protecting disabled people from potentially discriminatory questions in the recruitment process.
3. Protecting carers from discrimination.
4. Protecting pregnant women and mothers from discrimination when using services etc.
Direct discrimination, including by association and perception.
Indirect discrimination – now covers all characteristics.
3. Pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
2. Third party harassment.
3. Discrimination arising from disability.
4. Duty to make reasonable adjustments.
October 2010: The majority of the Act’s provisions came into force on 1 October 2010.
5 April 2011: Public Sector Equality Duty and specific duties in Wales
September 2011: Specific Duties in England and non-devolved bodies.
2013: Gender pay gap regulations (awaiting government clarification) and political parties publishing diversity data.
October 2010: Employment;
Services, Public Functions and
Associations; and Equal Pay.
TBC 2011: Further and Higher Education and Schools
TBC 2011:Public Sector Equality Duty
Under discussion: Housing and Premises; Transport.
July 2010 : Employment; Services; Education.
January 2011: Public Sector Equality Duty.
Visit www.equalityhumanrights.com/ea2010 for the Commission’s guidance and starter kit live from 1st October 2010.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
For general questions you can call the Equality and Human Rights Commission Helpline: England: 0845 604 6610 ~ Scotland: 0845 604 5510 ~ Wales: 0845 604 8810.